Who said the game of cricket has been transfigured in a manner where bowling has taken a back-seat? The shift in the shorter format has made cricket fast. Everyone loves speed and these 10 bowlers are an epitome of the same. On that note, let us glance through the list of top 10 of the fastest bowler in the world.
10 Fastest Bowler in the World
1Shane Bond | 156.4 km/hr
Shane Edward Bond is considered New Zealand’s all-time best bowler. Due to his name, he was often called as James Bond, Bondy and 007. In bis prime, Bond was considered as the most dangerous bowlers. He pitched his fastest delivery of 156.4 km/hr during the ICC 2003 World Cup.
2Mohammad Sami | 156.4 km/hr
Once upon a time, Pakistan was one of the best bowling units in World Cricket. While they no longer hold the right to that title, the Men in Green are still producing decent pace bowlers. One of them is Mohammad Shami. Shami bowled his fastest delivery of 156.4 km/hr in an ODI match against Zimbabwe at Sharjah in April 2003.
Known for his swing and pace, Shami put his name in history books as the only bowler to have a hattrick in three formats of cricket.
3Mitchell Johnson | 156.8 km/hr
Australian pacer Mitchell Johnson is out next name on the list of fastest bowlers in the world. Johnson bowled with a pace of 156.8 km/hr against England in December 2013, during the 3rd day of the 4th Ashes Test at the MCG.
In his ten years long career for the Aussies, the left-arm pacer picked 313 test and 239 ODI wickets. Johnson was also facilitated by the ICC with the Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy (2009); Cricketer of the Year (2014) and the Test Player of the Year (2014).
4Fidel Edwards | 157.7 km/hr
Fidel Henderson Edwards has been a key bowler for the West Indies since 2003. He was spotted by West Indies legend Brain Lara in nets. Within days of his national callup, Fidel bowled his fastest delivery of 57.7 km/hr against South Africa in 2003.
Fidel, who still continues to ply his trade with the Birmingham Bears, has picked 165 test wickets and 60 ODI wickets till 2020 Fidel took 165 wickets in Test cricket and 60 wickets in ODIs as of 2019. Fidel has also played for IPL sides Deccan Chargers and Rajasthan Royals.
5Andy Roberts | 159.5 km/hr
Sir Andy Roberts is the second West Indian Fast Bowler to make our list of fastest bowlers in the world. He bowled his fastest ever ball at 159.5 km/hr against Australia in Perth, 1975. He was nicknamed as the ‘Jaw Breaker’ due to his mean, too quick, too deadly style of bowling.
Sir Andy Roberts was a man of achievements! He was the 1st player from Antigua to ever make the West Indies squad. He has picked 7 wickets in an innings, not once but twice. One of the best test cricket bowlers produced in the Carribean, Roberts also has two ten-wicket hauls in tests.
6Mitchell Starc | 160.4 km/hr
Australian bowler Mitchell Starc clocked his fastest delivery of 160.4 km/hr against New Zealand’s Ross Taylor in 2015. The young fiery, from New South Wales, sits on the fifth place when it comes to the list of fastest bowlers in the world. One of the most feared bowlers of the game, he has dominated international oppositions for Australia.
Starc has been spearheading the Australian bowling attack alongside Pat Cummins and has kept the reputation up to the mark after an era of Brett Lee, Glenn McGrath and Jason Gillespie.
7Jeff Thomson | 160.6 km/hr
Former Australian pacer Jeffrey Robert Thomson was considered as the fastest bowler of his era. His fastest ball- 160.6 km/hr came against the West Indies in Perth, 1975. Thompson has picked 200 test wickets and 55 ODI wickets between 1972 and 1985.
Along with Dennis Lillee, Thompson became one of the most feared attacking in test cricket era of the 1970s and 1980s. The Australian Cricket Board inducted Thomson into their Hall of fame in January 2016.
8Shaun Tait | 161.1 km/hr
Shaun Tait is the next name on our list of fastest bowlers in the world. He dominated over batting lineups for 11 years between 2005 and 2016. Tait’s fastest ever ball came against England when he clocked 161.1 km/hr. Known predominantly as an ODI bowler, Tait picked 62 wickets for Australia in ODIs.
He has also played T20 International matches. Domestically, Tait has played for a number of teams like the Rajasthan Royals, Kolkata Knight Riders, Hobart Hurricanes, Adelaide Strikers and the Melbourne Renegades. The lanky tall Australian retired from all forms of cricket in March 2017.
9Brett Lee | 161.1 km/hr
Brett Lee is, without doubt, Australia’s best bowler and among the top three in the world. The Australian was feared for his pace and his fastest delivery of 161.1 km/hr against New Zealand, 2005 shows why. He has an amazing career record of 310 test wickets, 280 ODI wickets, and 487 First-Class cricket.
Brett Lee was among the top reasons why Australia dominated cricket from the late 1990s to 2010. He was instrumental in Australia’s World Cup domination in 1999, 2003 and then again in 2007.
10Shoaib Akhtar | 161.3 km/hr
Former Pakistani pacer Shoaib Akhtar is officially the fastest bowler in the world. Known as the ‘Rawalpindi Express’, Akhtar set a world record by bowling the fastest delivery of 161.3 km/hr against England in the 2003 ICC World Cup.
While modern-day bowlers struggle to hit 150 km/hr, Akhtar has crossed the 160 km/hr marker, not once but twice in his career. However, there have been allegations that the bowler used unfair means, including doping, to achieve the feat.
Akhar finished his 14-year career in 2011 with 178 test wickets and 247 wickets in ODIs. It is not shocking that most of the bowlers on the list are from Australia, the West Indies and Pakistan. The three teams have had dominant bowling attacks for most of cricket history.